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Prayer for God's Blessing of One's Daily Work: Prayer of the Day for Tuesday, June 15, 2021

O Lord, my God, Creator and Ruler of the universe, it is Your Will that human beings accept the duty of work. May the work I do bring growth in this life to me and those I love and help to extend the Kingdom of Christ. Give all persons work that draws them to You and to each other in cheerful service. I unite all my work with the Sacrifice of Jesus in the Mass that it may be pleasing to You and give You glory. I beg Your Blessing upon all my efforts. With Saint ...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Reading 1: 2 Corinthians 8:1-9, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 146:2, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 146:5-9, Gospel: Matthew 5:43-48

Saint Marguerite d’Youville

Portrait of Mère Marguerite d’Youville
Image: Portrait of Mère Marguerite d’Youville (1701-1771) | James Duncan

Saint of the Day for June 15

(October 15, 1701 – December 23, 1771)
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Saint Marguerite d’Youville’s Story

We learn compassion from allowing our lives to be influenced by compassionate people, by seeing life from their perspectives, and reconsidering our own values.

Born in Varennes, Canada, Marie Marguerite Dufrost de Lajemmerais had to interrupt her schooling at the age of 12 to help her widowed mother. Eight years later she married François d’Youville; they had six children, four of whom died young. Despite the fact that her husband gambled, sold liquor illegally to Native Americans, and treated her indifferently, she cared for him compassionately until his death in 1730.

Even though she was caring for two small children and running a store to help pay off her husband’s debts, Marguerite still helped the poor. Once her children were grown, she and several companions rescued a Quebec hospital that was in danger of failing. She called her community the Institute of the Sisters of Charity of Montreal; the people called them the “Grey Nuns” because of the color of their habits. In time, a proverb arose among the poor people of Montreal, “Go to the Grey Nuns; they never refuse to serve.” In time, five other religious communities traced their roots to the Grey Nuns.

The General Hospital in Montreal became known as the Hôtel Dieu (House of God) and set a standard for medical care and Christian compassion. When the hospital was destroyed by fire in 1766, Mère Marguerite knelt in the ashes, led the Te Deum—a hymn to God’s providence in all circumstancesand began the rebuilding process. She fought the attempts of government officials to restrain her charity, and established the first foundling home in North America.

Pope Saint John XXIII, who beatified Mère Marguerite in 1959, called her the “Mother of Universal Charity.” She was canonized in 1990 and her liturgical feast is celebrated on October 16.


Reflection

Saints deal with plenty of discouragement, plenty of reasons to say, “Life isn’t fair” and wonder where God is in the rubble of their lives. We honor saints like Marguerite because they show us that with God’s grace and our cooperation, suffering can lead to compassion rather than bitterness.


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COVID vaccines for poor nations is a human right and moral duty

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Daily Readings for Monday, June 14, 2021

Reading 1: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 98:1-4, Gospel: Matthew 5:38-42

Prayer for America: Prayer of the Day for Monday, June 14, 2021

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Celebrate Sunday Mass - 6.13.21

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Daily Readings for Sunday, June 13, 2021

Reading 1: Ezekiel 17:22-24, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 92:2-3, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 92:13-16, Gospel: Mark 4:26-34, Reading 2: 2 Corinthians 5:6-10

Saint Anthony of Padua: Prayer of the Day for Sunday, June 13, 2021

Holy Saint Anthony, gentle and powerful in your help, your love for God and charity for His creatures, made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Miracles waited on your word, which you were always ready to request for those in trouble or anxiety. Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me (request). The answer to my prayer may require a miracle. Even so, you are the Saint of miracles. Gentle and loving Saint Anthony, whose heart is ever full of human ...

Prayer to St. Gabriel, for Intercession: Prayer of the Day for Saturday, June 12, 2021

O Blessed Archangel Gabriel, we beseech thee, do thou intercede for us at the throne of divine Mercy in our present necessities, that as thou didst announce to Mary the mystery of the Incarnation, so through thy prayers and patronage in heaven we may obtain the benefits of the same, and sing the praise of God forever in the land of the living. Amen.